The one car that sold me on the HSR Classic 24h of Daytona was the Tic Tac livery Porsche 962 1980’s era Group C car. I had just gotten a really close look at the Rothmans livery Porsche 962 a month earlier at the Bruce Canepa museum in California while volunteering at Laguna Seca, and couldn’t wait to see one go flat out on a track. The HSR historics race was a great opportunity for that. Little did I know there would be a whole fleet of them there. Including a Vern Schuppan Porsche 962CR street version:
I had no idea this thing even existed, and in fact when I first saw it I thought… wow someone made a kit car, but it’s real and it’s amazing!
The aforementioned Porsche 962C TicTac livery car was just one of many in a fleet of 962’s that showed up this weekend.
The Leyton House livery 962 was sweeping all the victories of the weekend. It was a nice comparison of the standard and a long-tail version of the cars side by side.
I didn’t realize but before racing Mazda’s in ALMS the Dyson Team from New York ran a Porsche 962 in Camel GT and/or IMSA GTP:
Another IMSA GTP entrant was this Hawaiian Tropic Livery 962:
And of course the previously mentioned factory team: Rothmans Porsche 962 that only ran a few test sessions but set out the race:
I hadn’t realized it but I have seen these Porsche 962’s run on track before… just a few years ago when I volunteered the Shannon’s Historics of Phillip Island in Australia there were two beautiful 962’s running there:
Huge thanks to my friend Ian Percival for these amazing shots.
For my future HSR events I’m hoping to see some other GT – prototypes that have a street version out there like the Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR or the Porsche 911 GT1 (and of course the McLaren F1 GTR) They sure leave a great impression!